Wednesday, May 17, 2017

These boots (or shoes) are made for wrestling

Cena's sneakers
Courtesy: WWE

Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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A post by a friend on Facebook recently helped to inspire this blog. I don't want to call anyone out, as this person was simply voicing his opinion, something I do daily here with My 1-2-3 Cents and other forms of social media. His post was "wearing tennis shoes or basketball shoes in the ring is so disrespectful." 

Cena's shoes again
Courtesy: WWE
Again, I'm not judging him for voicing an opinion, but it did get me to thinking. My first thought was John Cena. He's not worn wrestling boots his entire time in WWE, or at least I don't think he has. I'd say it's hard to argue that he has ever been disrespectful to the business. Shane McMahon too. He wrestles in sneakers. And what about the men and women who don't wrestle in shoes at all? 

Me & my Nike shoes
Courtesy: Jason Wilkey Photography
I should note when I wrestled, I also laced up a pair of tennis shoes. I did this because I am not a wrestler, but was just having a match so it wouldn't have made sense for me to have boots. Also, I wasn't about to spend the cash on boots for a one time deal. 

Sable & her "puppies"
Courtesy: WWE
At the end of the day, wrestling is entertainment. Sometimes as fans we take it too seriously. I'm guilty of this too. But remember, there has been live "sex" show in the ring. Women have danced topless in the ring. Then there's the beer drinking, crotch chops and makeout sessions that happened in the squared circle.

IRS vs. The Undertaker
Courtesy: WWE
I don't know the point of my rambling. I understand and respect the opinions of those different from mine. But the absence of wrestling boots on a character in a show is far from disrespectful. Should there be a dress code? Costumes and gear are what makes characters and gimmicks different. Wrestling in a shirt, tie and suspenders worked for the IRS character. That's just My 1-2-3 Cents... 


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